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Billari, F. (2007). Il blocco generazionale della politica italiana. Il Mulino, 5, 795-804.

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  • TITLE: Barriers to Entry in Italian Political Parties: Understanding Why Party Leaders Hand over Governments to Technical Experts

    AUTHORS: Paola Bordandini, Rosa Mulè

    KEYWORDS: Demographic Profile of Party Delegates, Technical Governments, Entry Barriers

    JOURNAL NAME: Open Journal of Political Science, Vol.6 No.2, April 20, 2016

    ABSTRACT: Why are some party governments suspended and replaced by technical governments? There are surprisingly few answers to this important question in the literature. This article contributes to the literature by analyzing the demographic profiles of the parties’ most committed activists, the party delegates. There is very little in the way of comparative, synchronic and diachronic research that seeks to explore similarities and differences in the demographic profile of middle level elites within radically different political and institutional environments. This article aims at filling such void in empirical research. It draws upon an original dataset based on about 4000 interviews to party national delegates of 15 political parties in Italy between 2004 and 2009, and compares the results with those of the first European comparative research of party delegates that dates back to the seventies, the EPPMLE (European Political Parties Middle Level Elites). Our research findings suggest the presence of high entry barriers that prevent young individuals and women fully to participate in the party’s life. This demographic bias may be a key factor in accounting for the advent of technical governments in Italy because it dwarfs the possibility that new human capital helps developing innovative party programmes.